Teacher Education for Secondary Level I
This training course enables people wishing to teach at the Cycle d'Orientation/Orientierungsschulen level to acquire the requisite professional skills. The future teachers who choose this course already have a Bachelor's degree in at least two teaching subjects.
The Master's degree programme covers three areas: educational sciences (including a large section devoted to research as a means of training), general and specialised didactics, teaching practice and analysis. Students start on their Master's thesis from the first semester and continue until the end of the course. The thesis should demonstrate the students' ability to investigate in depth a subject related to teaching and to produce an academic work according to scientific principles and criteria.
Profile of the study programme
The University of Fribourg offers a course in Teacher Education for Secondary Level I in either German (LDS I) or in French (DAES I). This training course consists of a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education Level I comprising 180 ECTS credits (BA_SI in the faculties of Theology or Arts and Humanities) or a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Level I comprising 180 ECTS credits (BSc_SI in the Faculty of Science) followed by a «Master of Arts en enseignement pour le degré secondaire I/Master of Arts für den Unterricht auf der Sekundarstufe I».
The Master's degree course enables people who already have a qualification in two to four teaching subjects to acquire the requisite professional skills to teach pupils in the three final years of compulsory education (écoles du Cycle d'Orientation/Orientierungsschulen).
The DAES I and LDS I diplomas are recognised by the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (CDIP/EDK) and entitle holders to teach anywhere in Switzerland.
The Master's degree course enables candidates to acquire the requisite professional skills to teach pupils in the three final years of compulsory education. It is structured so as to expose students systematically to findings from the fields of educational sciences and didactics.
It comprises acquisition (knowledge, know-how and soft skills) while confronting students with multiple teaching situations and encouraging reflection and analysis. As a result, students learn progressively to mobilise resources so as to provide an adequate response in real time to complex educational situations. The three areas covered by the training course are: educational sciences (including a large section devoted to research as a means of training); general and specialised didactics; teaching practice and analysis.
Similarly, the objective of the Master's thesis is to demonstrate the students' ability to investigate in depth a subject related to teaching and to produce an academic work according to scientific principles and criteria.
General course organisation
There are two variants of this training course: it is either integrated into students' studies from their first year, or during the course of their university studies on condition that they catch up the number of ECTS credits required for the education and didactics course.
Find out more
For further information, please consult the following Web sites:
- French-language training course (DAESI): http://www3.unifr.ch/cerf/fr/enseignement-au-secondaire-1/
- German-language training course (LDSI): http://www3.unifr.ch/zelf/de/ausbildung/lehrdiplom-lds1/
Structure of studies
90 ECTS credits (teacher training), 3 semesters
To enrol in the French course, a preliminary registration file for practical training (which can be downloaded from http://www3.unifr.ch/cerf/fr/master-daes-1.html) must be submitted to the Centre d'enseignement et de recherche pour la formation à l'enseignement au secondaire (CERF) between 15 January and 15 February prior to the start of the course.
Holders of the «Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Level I» can be admitted to this Master programme without any additional requirements.
Holders of a Bachelor's degree awarded from a Swiss university or holders of a Bachelor's degree awarded by a foreign university, provided that the Bachelor's degree is recognised and considered equivalent by the University of Fribourg, can be admitted to this Master programme within another discipline with prerequisites (must be successfully completed before starting the Master's degree programme). According to existing agreements, holders of a Bachelor's degree awarded from a Swiss university of applied sciences can also be admitted with prerequisites.